She stomped out of the room, Fine, I’ll do it, is what her attitude was silently screaming at me.
She checked the clothes in the dryer, and slammed it shut. They’re still damp, I’ll restart them!
I walked around the corner, catching her by surprise. Are you sure they’re still damp? I had already restarted them once.
Well, maybe they’re just not warm anymore… And she started pulling them out and putting them in the hamper. None too happy that she was asked to move from her comfortable spot on the couch while everyone else in the house was working to get the house in order, again, before Daddy got home from work.
I, on the other hand, was none too happy that she had tried pulling the oldest I don’t wanna do the laundry chores trick in the world! I could have chosen to discipline in many other ways, but at that point, the simple fact that she had been caught in both avoidance, and worse, a lie…Taking the laundry out, folding it, and putting it away are three of her most hated chores. That was plenty.
She was given a chore, tried to avoid the chore, and was redirected to her chore with a bit more to do.
As I try to live the way Christ lived, I find that God loves to kick me out of my comfy spot on the couch of life.
When I avoid whatever it is that He is telling me, things continue to be uncomfortable until I finally say, FINE, I’ll do it!
Answering The Call
In recent months, God has been talking to me about a number of things.
Yes, spending time with those in front of me is absolutely of most importance, and my heart is committed to that. The discomfort came when He started telling me just how much time I was not giving them. The truth hurts, it hurts in a mighty way.
After that, he started working on my heart to volunteer with a specific group.
I taught middle school for one semester. I worked with those kids, loved them, and was terrified by them. I vowed never to work with middle schoolers again, by all rights they should be sent to camp until they turn 16. Right? Yeah, God thought that was funny, too.
And then he told me, Get thee rump to thy church and volunteer with my middle school sons and daughters.
Say what??? Middle school, God? REALLY?
All the while, I could feel the earth shaking as he laughed at me.
I avoided it as long as I could, but God didn’t avoid me. The more I tried to say no, the more I felt the conviction. Finally, I emailed the middle school pastor at our church and asked how I could become involved, but not yet…Not til after I have my surgery. God laughed at that too, until I said, Fine, I’ll do it! Immediately, my heart was at peace and was excited about the adventure.
Then there are those times that I think God’s call is little, not really necessary. Something small like telling me to smile at someone who makes me feel uneasy. When I do it, I feel good. When I don’t, I have no peace. It haunts me, and I look for that person everywhere I go hoping that God will give me another chance, and sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn’t. The what ifs invade my thoughts and I do my best to answer the next call that I find to be minor and unnecessary.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God,
to present your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)
God’s Will and Purpose
Having a task from God is not just a suggestion, He is serious when he calls us. There is a purpose greater than anything we can see, or may ever know.
God’s will is perfect, even if uncomfortable at times.
If God disciplined me for every time I ignored his call or his command, there would be no hope.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Romans 15:13 (ESV)
I know I fail daily, but praise God that each day his love, grace, and mercy are new. Each day I have the choice to say, Yes, God! Use me today.
Has God been nudging you to move off the proverbial comfy couch?
Has he been asking you to do something? I would love to pray for, and with you.